The newest exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Midtown has been described by Claudia Einecke, its curator of European art, as a “veritable collection of who’s who of the late 19th- and early 20th-century modernism.”

Called “European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection,” it runs April 6 through July 14 and pays homage to the pioneering Duncan Phillips’ collective approach. He opened the first museum of modern art in the United States in 1921. Originally called the Phillips Memorial Art Gallery, the Washington museum today is called The Phillips Collection.

“The collection shows Duncan Phillips’ penchant for strong, expressive color and design, as in the works of Van Gogh, as well as Phillips’ affinity for artists whose independence of spirit he admired,” Einecke said in a news release. “This collection delivers a one-two punch of the highest artistic excellence and evidence of a collector’s exceptional discernment and personal conviction.”

Among the paintings on display for this exhibition include Honoré Daumier’s “The Uprising” (1848), Edouard Manet’s “The Spanish Ballet” (1862), Claude Monet’s “The Road to Vetheuil” (1879) and Edgar Degas’ “Dancers at the Barre” (1900).

In 1921 Phillips not only opened his museum but also began his mission to define modern art and its origins, starting with 19th-century influences and moving through the present, the release stated.

The High is “terrifically pleased to bring these compelling and beautiful works from the Phillips collection to the High,” Kevin W. Tucker, its chief curator, said in the release.

“We hope our visitors will take full advantage of this special opportunity for an intimate viewing of these master works of art, which represent some of the most important artistic achievements in the history of modern art,” he said.

The release stated Phillips saw his museum as an “experimental station” that tested new ideas in artistic expression.

The iconic works by impressionist, post-impressionist, expressionist and cubist artists in this collection show Phillips’ efforts to bring European modernism to a larger audience.

Admission to the exhibition is included with a general admission ticket, which is $14.50 for individuals 6 and older and free for High members and children 5 and under.

The High is located at 1280 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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